5 Applications Every WordPress User Needs to Have
5 Applications Every WordPress User Needs to Have
Every WordPress professional uses some array of tools and services outside of the WordPress platform itself. these tools help WordPress content creators to keep track of their content, spread it to people who care, and keep their sites secure and relevant. In this article, I’m going to explore some tools that I use on a pretty regular basis, and that I think most WordPress professionals should at leas t take a look at.
To start off, let’s take a look at some of the WordPress multi site management tools that help keep track of multiple sites.
1. Site manager tool
For a hobbyist or casual WordPress user, the default admin interface that comes baked in to every new WordPress installation is perfect for occasional updates and management. However, for more serious users who manage multiple WordPress sites, possibly over a range of topics and with different credentials, using the default interface quickly becomes cumbersome. Enter the multi-site manager tools.
There are a few of these tools that could work for your needs, but the some of the most popular are ManageWP and WP Remote. Both services let you easily update plugins and software across all of your sites, schedule regular, automatic backups, and monitor your sites for vulnerabilities to malware or hacking attempts.
Calypso, the new WordPress.com offering for multi-site management, is also a possible contender for managing your WordPress installations, although it is relatively new and embraces a more social dynamic than the other two services.
2. RSS Reader
Having a way to easily keep track of all the new articles in your particular professional field is a huge time saver, and keeping up to date with the latest news and trends is a must for a content creator. There are a bunch of great readers available that let you easily keep track of the lasted postings across websites in your niche.
If you use a Mac, probably the best desktop RSS client you’ll come across is Reeder 3. Reeder boasts a beautiful, minimal interface, integration with popular services like Feedly and Feedbin, as well as the ability to export articles to services like Instapaper and Readability.
If you’re not using a Mac, there are some great alternatives you can use to browse relevant articles. Feedly is a great online reader that also offers a desktop app that is essentially a wrapper of its nice online interface. Another great option is the Digg Reader, which integrates with Twitter to find great articles that are relevant to your interests. It also has a great interface and its clean and easy to use.
3. Offline viewer
Offline article viewers are a great addition to any content creator’s toolset for a number of reasons. Sometimes you simply don’t have a stable internet connection, or you’re somewhere that makes it impossible to get online. Or, maybe you’re someone who likes to read all of their content in a consistent interface to keep things organized, or just to maintain a certain aesthetic. That’s where your Offline article viewers come in, and there’s a great selection to choose from.
Pocket has been around for a long time now and it’s my personal choice for saving articles to read later. It has a nice desktop application and browser extension that makes the whole process simple and painless. It also offers the option to view the original article in its built in browser, letting you view your content in context if necessary. Another great service is Noosfeer, which does most of what Pocket does, with the added benefit of helping you find articles that interest you.
4. Password manager
Keeping the services related to your business secure from malware or malicious hacks starts with having strong passwords. Creating a password for every service is recommended, but a huge hassle to keep straight in your head. A password manager is a great utility that keeps your accounts secure while you only have to remember one password.
My personal favorite in this category is Enpass, a super simple password manager with a killer interface and browser integration that allows you to auto-fill credentials fields, as well as create strong passwords during the sign up phase on most websites. It’s also free, and it syncs with popular services like Dropbox, so you’ll always have access to your passwords. In order to access all your information on mobile, you’ll have to unlock the full version of the app for $10, but compared to most of the other password manager services, this is a more than reasonable price.
An alternative to Enpass that I think is also pretty cool is Dashlane, which has a ton of features like Enpass and is also really user friendly.
5. Social media
Social media is an ever present reality for WordPress professional. For some, it’s a necessary evil that has to be endured or contracted out. Others really enjoy the social aspect of their content and spend almost as much time interacting with sites like Twitter and Facebook as they do creating content.
For most WordPress professionals, Twitter seems to be the social media platform of choice for building a following and creating awareness and discussion around their content. I think that Twitter works well for creators, especially WordPress creators, for a number of reasons. Firstly, WordPress professionals create content that takes time to absorb. Whether it’s articles or websites, the viewer has to put aside a portion of their time to consume that content.
Twitter stands in contrast to that trend; Tweets are short and to the point, and they are easy for readers to casually follow along with without making any commitments. That means content creators can retain their following, even if that following doesn’t absorb everything that’s produced.
Of course, other forms of social media can be used just as effectively as Twitter, and the power of Facebook, Instagram, and even Snapchat is not to be underestimated for small WordPress businesses.
Hopefully this article has been helpful for those of you who have yet to explore some of the useful utilities available to complement the WordPress ecosystem. Do you have a favorite application or service not mentioned on this list? Post about it below, and share the tools you like best.